By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
Two Times New has moved from their ‘out of the way’ location on Sixth Street to their new store front at 308 S. Main St.
The new store comes with a facelift and a bigger showroom that showcases gently used clothing, décor, books, toys and more. This season even features a Christmas room.
For those who haven’t been in the store since the move, you are in for a treat. The majority of the merchandise from the previous location was discounted and sold before the move and everything in the new store is two times new again.
The new store also features new hours and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations no longer need to be taken to the Work Activity Center (WAC) of Quality Life Concepts across the tracks and are now being accepted at the new store on Main Street.
Weekly sales on clothing and prices comparable to garage sales mean that there is sure to be something for everyone. Cindy Koenig of the WAC commented that “nice things come through the door” and “everyone enjoys the place”. She went on to add, “It’s brighter and nicer looking and the quality is better.”
The store is looking for gently used apparel, home goods and more that are not broken, stained or missing pieces. They haul away all unsellable merchandise to the dump at their own cost. Clothing that can’t be sold in store will soon be hauled by a recycling company.
Because of certain restrictions and laws, Two Times New also doesn’t take baby items. If they receive items, they donate them to Hi-Line Help for Abused Spouses.
Quality Life Concepts is dedicated toward improving the quality of life for people with developmental needs. Their clients work to gain experience in the community and in a work environment.
When talking about the clients, Koenig explained working at for Quality Life Concepts “helps them socialize.” She noted that it “makes them feel good.”
Clients earn compensation not only from helping in the store but also by working at the WAC. There they use machinery to sort and package lentils and rice for Timeless Seeds. They also label and stuff envelopes for Russell Country and fill online orders made through a Christian book company out of Canada.
Quality Life Concepts in currently fundraising for their clients to attend the state Special Olympics in Billings. There is a one of a kind, handmade and hand painted Romanian crystal drinking pitcher being displayed in Two Times New for silent auction. Anyone interested in bidding can stop in the store to view it. Bidding ends Dec. 16.
To contact the store, or for more information on their fund raising efforts, call 278-3166.